Excerpt: Last year's WRC from Milestone was a so-so 6/10 effort , sorely lacking in presentation values while delivering some decent sim racing. This year's title makes some much needed tweaks to the difficulty, and attempts to improve the visuals, but the end result is still something that feels under par compared to the competition. Structurally, WRC 2 is similar to WRC 1.
Excerpt: (In order to get the full effect of the following review you need to read it real fast. As if you are in a rally car, going over hills, cutting corners, drifting on dirt and avoiding spectators.
Excerpt: Vanguard II was released in the arcades back in 1984. This small space shooter/bomber game makes its way to the PSN in the form of the PS3 and PSP compatible mini. Is it worth going back and...
Pros: + Fun and challenging game play, + Works well with both systems
Cons: Controls take some getting used to, Later levels get very difficult
Conclusion: It’s no Richard Burns Rally and nor does it hold a light to Codemasters’ DiRT games, but WRC is a surprisingly enjoyable take on the sport that gets the fundamentals right. It’s a shame that its often excellent and consistently exciting driving model is hidden under layers of turgid presentation and uninspired visuals, but those dedicated enough to see through it all will be as happy as pigs in mud.
Excerpt: Army of Two is the latest release in the up-and-coming "Buddy Game" genre of games. Similar to its movie analog, the "Buddy Movie", the game focuses on a somewhat awkward pairing of individuals and shows how they somehow manage to get along and function together. This time, the focus is on Salem and Rios, two disgruntled Army Rangers who decide to enter the exciting world of "For-Hire" mercenary work. Visually, Army of Two looks great.
Conclusion: WRC FIA World Rally Championship 2 must have the most apt videogame name of 2011. It’s bloated, cumbersome and little has changed from last year, and in that way bears many parallels to the game itself. However, it’s also earnest, uncompromising and serves its purpose well enough, and in that sense it is equally a fitting title. It’s certainly the best dedicated rallying game available on the market, and I only half-intend that to be a backhanded compliment.
Conclusion: On the whole, Army of Two is really a stand-out title when it comes to stressing the importance of teamwork. Being built around cooperative gameplay, it really is a game to sit down and play with a friend; the AI is competent, but relying solely on it makes for a shallow experience that isn’t as rewarding. A few of the co-op features feel a little gimmicky, but ultimately work in their implementation.
Excerpt: Army of Two is a brave step by EA. Despite being responsible for some of the most entertaining games released over the past few years the publisher still has a bad reputation with certain gamers, and Army of Two was looking to change that. As a brand new IP with a clear focus on cooperative gameplay we had high hopes, but for every moment where the ideas seem fresh, the gameplay feels awkward, often to the extent that the fundamental mechanics feel broken.